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Tracing Your Army Ancestors : A Guide for Family Historians

Fowler, Simon author

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  • Creator Simon Fowler
  • Format Books
  • Publication Third edition. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Family History, 2017. ©2006
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • x, 192 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1473876362, 9781473876361
  • OCLC ocn957523120


  • "Whether you are interested in the career of an individual officer, researching medals awarded to a soldier, or just want to know more about a particular battle or campaign, this book will point you in the right direction. Assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the British Army, its history or organization, Simon Fowler explains what records survive, where they are to be found and how they can help you in your research. He shows how to make the best use of the increasing number of related resources to be found online, and he pays particular attention to explaining the records and the reasons behind their creation, as this information can be very important in understanding how these documents can help your research."--Publisher's description.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Getting started -- Organization of the Army in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- The Army before 1660 -- Officers -- Other ranks: enlistment and conditions of service -- Medals, honours and awards -- Casualty records -- Discipline and desertion -- Pension records -- Militia, 1757-1914 -- Women -- British in India -- Dominion and Colonial forces -- Militia 1757-1914 -- Women and the Army -- The British in India -- Dominion and Colonial forces -- The South African War (1899-1902) -- The First World War -- The Second World War -- The Army in peacetime, 1919-1969 -- A short guide to Army service numbers -- Problem solving -- Fowler's Laws of Military genealogy -- Regimental organization
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